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Rookie Lillard leads Blazers past Lakers 93-75

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 12:34 am •  Published: October 11, 2012
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Howard has refused to say when he might make his Lakers debut, but the six-time All-Star is participating in every practice with no apparent limitations. Howard worked out on the Ontario court with Lakers assistant coaches Chuck Person and Darvin Ham about 30 minutes before the game, delighting hundreds of early arriving, camera-wielding fans who didn't get to see Bryant in action.

Lakers coach Mike Brown has absolutely no interest in the Lakers' preseason record, but World Peace and Gasol acknowledged they would prefer to start winning a few games. The players competing for jobs on Los Angeles' bench again struggled to score consistently, but Brown saw no particular importance in it.

"We've probably only put in 35 or 40 percent of (the offense) we're going to put in," Brown said. "It's still going to take some time for these guys to understand."

LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers in their preseason opener under new coach Terry Stotts. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June's draft from Weber State, looked sharp in 24 minutes as Portland's point guard, adding five rebounds and two 3-pointers.

"We still have a lot of work to do," Stotts said. "I thought Damian had a good first outing. He showed good signs, and the movement on our offense was pretty good. Defensively, we can get a lot better."

Meyers Leonard, the 11th overall pick out of Illinois, had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Nicolas Batum had 12 points in his first game since returning to Portland with a four-year deal worth more than $45 million when the Blazers matched an offer sheet from Minnesota after Batum's agent said his client wanted to join the Timberwolves.